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Overcoming Bias : Philosophy Between The Lines

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Category: History

From www.overcomingbias.com

Seven years ago I raved about a Journal of Politics article by Arthur Melzer that persuaded me that ancient thinkers often wrote "esoterically," e.g., praising their local religions and rulers on the surface, while expressing their true atheism, rebellion, etc.

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New Statesman

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Category: History

From www.newstatesman.com

If I were to give this essay a title, it would be "Waiting for Calvin". Not John Calvin the theologian, nor Calvin Klein the fashion designer, but Calvin, a Navajo baby whose first laugh I travelled to Arizona in 1995 to film as part of a series of television programmes I was making about comedy.

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When it was Legal to Mail a Baby

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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From usgovinfo.about.com

On January 1, 1913, the then Cabinet-level U.S. Post Office Department first started delivering packages. Americans instantly fell in love with the new service and were soon mailing each other all sorts of items, like parasols, pitchforks and… babies.

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Vomitoriums: Fact or Fiction? -- Hungry History -- Food & Culinary History

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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From www.history.com

It’s been reported as true by legends, textbooks and history teachers who just want to get kids interested in Tacitus. In fact, it might be the only thing you know about eating habits in ancient Rome.

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Gentleman Scientists and Revolutionaries: Expressions of the American Mind [Excerpt] - Scientific American

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: History

From www.scientificamerican.com

Excerpted with permission from Gentlemen Scholars and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment, by Tom Shachtman. Available from Palgrave Macmillan Trade. Copyright © 2004.

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Herodotus on Apries

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: History

From www.reshafim.org.il

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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Soviet Sniper

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Category: History

From www.smithsonianmag.com

Lyudmila Pavlichenko arrived in Washington, D.C., in late 1942 as little more than a curiosity to the press, standing awkwardly beside her translator in her Soviet Army uniform. She spoke no English, but her mission was obvious.

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Child of poetry, bride of science

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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From www.theguardian.com

The marriage of the poet Lord Byron to the heiress and bluestocking Annabella Milbanke was the sensation of a new century. It took place in 1814, lasted just a year, and resulted in Byron being forced to leave the country and Annabella embarking on a programme of such vengeful self-vindication that it all but destroyed her entire family.

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Why Do We Raise Our Right Hands When Testifying Before the Court?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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From nwsidebar.wsba.org

"Please raise your right hand to take the oath" is a phrase that has become commonplace in the modern courtroom and is required of all witnesses before they take the stand to offer testimony at trial. However, many attorneys may not be aware of the purpose or history of the practice of "raising your right hand" when swearing to tell the truth before the court.

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What I’m Reading

Friday, October 17, 2014
Category: History

From www.arnoldkling.com

The Making of the Modern World: Encounters, by Alan MacFarlane. He has an almost infinite list of books on Amazon, many of them with “Modern World” in the title. This is a Kindle edition, very garbled, but with much interesting material.

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